BREWER, Maine — Traci Gauthier, a small-businesswoman from Lincoln, has been elected to chair the Penobscot County Republican Committee through January 2013.
Gauthier was a founder of the Lincoln-area Republican Club, which organized more than a dozen small towns into a grassroots organization to work for local GOP candidates. She noted that 13 of the 19 state House seats that include Penobscot County towns are held by Republicans. One of those seats was held by Republican Everett McLeod, who died last month and whose seat will be filled by special election in March. Five of the six state Senate seats that include Penobscot County towns are held by Republicans, Gauthier added.
“I want to reorganize so that all parts of our huge county have equal representation and see that every community has a Town Chair so that we can assist their local candidates with a strong grassroots organization to continue party progress,” Gauthier said in a statement.
Gauthier was the 2010 Republican candidate in state Senate District 30. Incumbent Sen. Elizabeth Schneider, D-Orono, won the election.
Gauthier also is secretary of the Maine Chapter of the Republican Liberty Caucus.
She serves as a Republican state committeewoman from Penobscot County. As county chairwoman, she gets an automatic seat on the Republican State Committee. Her committeewoman seat will be filled by special election at the February county meeting.
Members of the Penobscot County Republican Committee also elected Paul Sanford as vice chairman, Wanda Lincoln as secretary and Harrison Clark as treasurer.
Members of the County Committee are elected by town committee caucuses.